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What happened to Ned Kelly's head ?

Posted on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012 | Comment icon 28 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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There has been a new twist in the mystery over what happened to the head of notorious outlaw Ned Kelly.

Kelly's descendants this month launched an appeal in an effort to locate his missing skull after they had successfully obtained the rest of his remains for the purpose of giving him a proper burial. 74-year-old New Zealander Anna Hoffman has since come forward to claim that a security guard had given the skull to her 30 years ago while on holiday in Melbourne. Hoffman, a practicing witch, says she has a collection of 20 skulls and that Ned's had been well looked after.

"I have treated it with respect, I haven't lit candles in it or drunk red wine out of it or anything bohemian like that," she said. Deb Withers of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is keen for the skull to be examined. "There is a chance that that is his head, although it is a long shot," she said.

"Earlier this month, Kelly's descendants issued an appeal for information on where the skull is when the rest of his remains were handed over to them after being identified through DNA testing."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by andy hair candy on 29 August, 2012, 13:41
to steve bronfman... ughhh, he tried to liberate the irish (lower class in australia at the time) and he did give money to the poor, not in the way robin hood did but robin hood is a fictional being. ..... also, to the person who said they are an aussie film buff.... should check out Bad Boy Bubby and Bootmen. they are bloody wonderfull films. cheers
Comment icon #20 Posted by DKO on 29 August, 2012, 13:54
The media does idolise him a bit and I agree he's given too much credit for a murderer but he did help a lot of townspeople. Like I said in my other post, his gang would rob the British after they had taken taxes from towns and return it to the people, in return for food/water and services. And to be honest most countries 'heroes' have shady parts to their history, but are remembered for their good ones. Edit: I Didn't see 'andy hair candy' posted same thing.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Taun on 29 August, 2012, 14:18
Yes, we have Billy the Kid and The James boys (Frank and Jesse).. .Billy was a cold blooded killer with no sense of remorse, and Jesse wasn't much better (Frank actually reformed while in prison)... I don't know why these guys are 'romantic heroes' to some...
Comment icon #22 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 30 August, 2012, 0:36
"Candy is dandy but likker is quicker." Heads, I'm not so sure about.
Comment icon #23 Posted by tipotep on 30 August, 2012, 0:56
Bad Boy Bubby is noit a movie a would reccomend to anyone unless you wish to be scared for life ! On Topic - I am a local to Ned Kelly's area ( his hangout is like 45 mins from where I live ) . I can almost guarantee its NOT Neds head ... Do you honestly believe that a security guard would have access to his remains ? Not likely . Do you think that if he had access to the skull he would just give it away to some random Kiwi tourist ? Not likely . As mentioned before the skull in question had had wire in it at some stage , making it more likely it was used in medical training or somet... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Likely Guy on 30 August, 2012, 2:21
Apparently they chopped Ned's head off to make a 'death mask'. Which, incidentally you don't have to do to make a death mask. But, nevertheless, Ned's head was detached from his body. After they (apparently medical students) boiled the flesh from his skull in 1880, his skull had been on display from 'who knows when' until about 1978 at the old 'gaol', when Mr. Kelly's noggin' went missing. Which was also about the time that she acquired it. I think that the security guard that passed it along to her, passed away in the last year or so. Tipotep wrote;... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by tipotep on 30 August, 2012, 5:54
My guess its not but I have been corrected in the past ! Im not so sure on the bit about him handing over the skull because he wanted some DNA will answer it for us . Tip
Comment icon #26 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 30 August, 2012, 10:35
But that's the only kind of acting Mick does . To his credit,Ned Kelly was his first movie. He's done maybe ten full movies . Last thing he did was The Bank Job,and all it was ,was a walk on cameo ,that you would miss,if you blinked . Ever see Free Jack ?,The utter camp of his performance ,was hysterical .Also his performance in Performance,of Memo From Turner,was literally the first music video ,years before MTV. Love Mick . Check him out as Greta . And this scene Is in a gay bistro ,in the 1930s ,just so everyone knows.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Taun on 30 August, 2012, 10:35
Oh I don't know... Maybe he couldn't get his hands on some roses - or a box of chocolate... Maybe a skull worked... After all she DID keep the skull....

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